The Guides

An insider’s guide to Montreuil-Sur-Mer

As Montreuil locals « Les Montreuillois » we are frequently asked for recommendations: where to eat, drink and shop, what to do, see and hear.
So we decided to create a platform for exactly that, an online destination gastronomique, to help you discover the best of the foodie destination we are lucky enough to call home.

Winter Wine Festival

The annual Destination Gatronomique winter wine festival takes place in the historic arsenal of the Citadelle of Montreuil sur Mer on 7th and 8th December 2109.

Just six euros gets you a tasting glass and a chance to try all manner of wines (sparkling, organic, bio dynamic) from all over France and the world. Meet the wine makers, while trying their finest wines and pair them with interesting local delicacies. There are also local beers and spirits to try. Included with the six euros tasting fee is free entrance to the magnificent Citadelle, with guided tours (in English at selected times-see below). Once you’ve identified your favourites, there’s chance to buy excellent wines at sensible prices ready for Christmas and New Year.

Montreuil sur Mer is just a 45 minute drive from Calais and Folkestone, straight down the A16 motorway (3€ toll each way). There are a range of hotels for all budgets if you want to make a weekend of it, most within an easy walk of the Citadelle. The Winter Wine Festival tastings run from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Guided tours are at 11am, 3pm and 6pm on Saturday (11am in English) and 11am and 3pm on Sunday (3pm in English).

For anyone wanting to make a truly memorable weekend, there are limited spaces at a celebratory dinner with the wine makers, pairing their wines with some magnificent dishes from the teams at the celebrated restaurants of Anecdote and the Hotel Hermitage. Places are 115 euros each, reservations close on the 30 November.

The event is organised by La Cave de Montreuil (, +33 3 21 06 93 68) in partnership with Anecdote and the Hermitage Hotel.

A Symphony of The Senses

The second annual festival for all the senses took place in Montreuil-sur-Mer, France. From early until late, the town became a theatre of food, wine and music.

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Photos: © Christian Plard, Tim Matthews, Paddy Daly, Philippe Lippens, E Rivelon
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A weekend in Montreuil-sur-Mer with The Times

Times journalist Carolyn Boyd spent a weekend in the Montreuil-sur-Mer area this month, visiting Maison 76, La Grenouillère, Le Crotoy, Saint-Valery, Le Clos des Capucins and Le Caveau .
“A Weekend in Montreuil-sur-Mer” was published in the Times, London, on 20th. October.
The Times (pdf)

“When it comes to a foodie weekend in France, there are certain things on most wish lists: markets, wine, cheese, Michelin stars if you can, some seafood if possible and something to take home (preferably more wine).
So it is most convenient that the small town of Montreuil-sur-Mer has reinvented itself as “La Destination Gastronomique” and ticks every box.”

Girls’ Foodie Weekend

Susanna Scott, (left) who blogs as A Modern Mother, visited Montreuil-sur-Mer for the weekend with a couple of friends

“Sometimes you just have to get away with the girlfriends.
No kids, no dinners to prepare – just a little self-indulgence and delight.
Our weekend trip to Montreuil-sur-Mer was long in the making.
One of my friends had visited the Michelin-starred La Grenouillere and raved about it.
Its chef, Alexandre Gauthier, is a bit of a rock star in the foodie world. He caught the eye of President Obama after serving him local Licques chicken at the Paris COP21 conference. Then in 2016 Gauthier was named France’s top chef by Gault et Millau Guide – in some circles this trendy guide is even more prestigious than Michelin.
My friend went on to say it wasn’t the pretentious and overrated “experience” you can get in some of the UK’s top restaurants (not naming names but seriously do you need to serve a meal with an iPod piping in the sound of crashing waves). Plus La Grenouillère is nearly half the price of somewhere like the Fat Duck (oops, I named names). Then I saw this video and just had to try it!
So yes we planned our weekend around a meal at La Grenouillère! In fact, Montreuil-sur-Mer has a reputation as “La Destination Gastronomique!”
There are lots of foodie shops in the main Square, an awesome Saturday market and very reasonable restaurants and bistros with top notch food. And if you tire of eating (is there such a thing?) you can explore Cote d’Opale. PLUS all of this is just under an hour from the crossings and the locals even seem to like English speakers (at least they tolerate them!). I started to wonder why I hadn’t visited Montreuil-sur-Mer before.”

Une Symphonie Des Sens

Une Symphonie Des Sens 6th May 2018
A Symphony Of The Senses was a festival of food, wine, music and vintage cars, presented by La Destination Gastronomique, in Montreuil-sur-Mer, on Sunday 6th May 2018.

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Montreuil En Bouche

The launch of La Destination Gastronomique
Montreuil en Bouche was our inaugural event. It took place in Place du Général de Gaulle, Montreuil-sur-Mer on 22nd July 2017.

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